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Category: Human rights law

What can union officials do about harassment?

Union officials provide essential services to their members, supporting workers when they have issues with their employers and representing them at difficult times. But there are unfortunately situations where they are subject to harassing behaviour or comments. Ben Piper looks at the mechanisms available to deal with harassment in these situations.

August 3, 2022
Benjamin Piper

Regulating stronger personal harassment protections under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act

Erin Sobat’s new article in the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal examines Ontario’s current workplace harassment laws, and argues that simply requiring employer harassment policies and internal investigations will not stop harassment in workplaces where protection is needed most.

May 18, 2022

How unions navigate discrimination and harassment complaints between members

It can be extremely difficult for unions to navigate situations where a member files a harassment or
discrimination complaint against another member. Chris Donovan and Gabe Hoogers explore a union’s
responsibilities and the duty of fair representation in those circumstances.

November 24, 2021
Chris Donovan Gabriel Hoogers

Federal Court Sides with First Nations Children and Upholds Human Rights Rulings

In a landmark decision, the Federal Court has ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 to Indigenous children removed from their homes in the child welfare system and to their caregivers. Rye Dutton takes us through the Court’s decision.

October 7, 2021

National Indigenous Peoples Day: A Resource List for Lawyers and Union Representatives

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission asked Canadians to learn more about the history and legacy of residential schools and Aboriginal rights in Canada. In this blog post, Kelly Doctor shares a list of resources for lawyers, union reps and others who work with Indigenous people and peoples (or those who don’t, but want to know more).

June 21, 2021
Kelly Doctor

How do I prove that my dog is a “service animal”?

The law is not simple when it comes to proving that a dog is a service animal. Kelly Doctor discusses how you can make sure that your dog is able to support you when you need it most.

March 1, 2021
Kelly Doctor

What to do if you are being harassed at work?

February 24 is Pink Shirt Day, a day of action against bullying. At Goldblatt Partners, our labour and employment lawyers frequently help clients deal with workplace harassment and bullying. In this post, we take you through some of the hard but practical considerations you should think about if you are being harassed at work.

February 24, 2021